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Grade 5 October 2020 Newsletter

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 MelindaJohnson Melinda Johnson
Principal
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Dr. Melinda B. Johnson was named principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School in 2019. She has amassed over 22 years in private, public and charter schools. Prior to Ryon, she served as the primary school principal and was placed on the chief academic office team as the director of teacher and scholar effectiveness for the Marion P. Thomas Charter School District in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Johnson began her career in education as an elementary teacher in 1998 in Baltimore City, Maryland where she received an Outstanding Educator Award. In 2001, she served as an elementary teacher at Bethany Christian Academy in Newark, New Jersey where she was awarded Teacher of the Year. Thereafter, Dr. Johnson served as an elementary teacher in Plainfield, New Jersey and ascended through other leadership positions that include supervisor of elementary education, director of instruction, and acting principal for the Union County TEAMS Charter School District. Throughout her career, she has also served as a board member and mentor to new teachers and principals.

Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Goucher College, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate degree in education leadership. During her doctorate program, Dr. Johnson also minored in curriculum development from Nova Southeastern where her applied dissertation research on cultural competence in urban school leadership received an approval rating in the top 3 percent. Her professional memberships include National Association for Elementary School Principals, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development, and National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc Epsilon Alpha. A fun fact, one of Dr. Johnson’s favorite pastimes is cheerleading, while teaching in Baltimore she was also a professional cheerleader for the NFL Baltimore Ravens. Dr. Johnson is excited to return to Maryland to join the Charles County Public Schools family and serve J.P. Ryon’s scholars, parents, families, staff and community.
   
ScottHangey Scott Hangey
Vice Principal
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Mr. Hangey was named vice-principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School in 2018. Prior to J.P. Ryon, he was vice-principal at Gale-Bailey Elementary and Benjamin Stoddard Middle School and worked as Director of Science and Program Development. His education career started in 1978 in Baltimore City Public Schools. He also worked at the Maryland Science Center, in Baltimore. He was the television spoke person for the science center and appeared as the science square on the television program “Kids Baffle”. He wrote curriculum that was used throughout the state of Maryland. He moved to Prince George’s County Public Schools and wrote curriculum for the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Middle Schools. He was on loan to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, for two years, where he was in charge of Lunar Samples for the Northeastern United States and developed educational programs for students and teachers from Kindergarten through College. He co-authored a book about school and school systems forming partnerships with local and national organizations. While still in the classroom, his middle school students were the first group of students to talk to astronauts performing lessons aboard the space shuttle. He was chosen as the outstanding middle school science teacher in Prince George’s County and later by the state of Maryland. He was vice-principal at Melwood Elementary and became principal of Baden Elementary School and Eugene Burroughs Middle School, for 5 years each. Each school received recognition for academic achievement from the state of Maryland. Mr. Hangey left the principalship to work at central office as the Director of New Schools and Charter Schools. He finished his career in Prince George’s County Schools at the Director of the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Greenbelt.

Mr. Hangey is a native of Abington, Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Bowie State University and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Towson State University.
   
DiedraBarnett Diedra Barnett
Vice Principal
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Ms. Diedra Barnett was named the Vice Principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School in 2018.  Prior to J.P. Ryon, she was the Reading Resource Teacher at Gale-Bailey Elementary School in Marbury, MD, where she has served since 2014.  She has employed her expertise as a Reading Specialist within the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) since 2005.  Her assignments within the CCPS include Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School (2008-2014) and Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School (2005-2008); serving as the Reading Resource Teacher at both of these schools.  Prior to joining the CCPS team, Ms. Barnett served her educational constituents in the Prince George’s County Public Schools - MD (2001-2005), Houston County Public School - GA (2000-2001), Department of Defense Schools – NJ, GA & Turkey (1995-2000) and Marlboro County Public Schools – SC (1994-1995).  Ms. Barnett also served as a Lead Teacher with the Children’s Defense Fund in Bennettsville, SC during 1994-1995.

Ms. Barnett's accomplishments include serving as a Master Teacher and Curriculum Writer for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Ms. Barnett is a Dyslexia Therapist for Wilson Reading Systems. She is also a certified trainer for Restorative Practices, online facilitator for MSDE and an adjunct professor for the Notre Dame Maryland University.

Ms. Barnett is a native of Bennettsville, South Carolina and completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina.  She also holds a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction (with Administrator I Certification) from McDaniel College.